Cookout for Flood Victims

By: Samantha Saracino Email
By: Samantha Saracino Email

With the Pike County flood victims working to put their lives back together, members of the community continue to lend a helping hand any way they can. Gearheart Communications and the Care Club from the Big Sandy Technical College came together to host a barbeque for the flood victims at the Pike County Central Shelter.

"Every neighbor is your family and you've got to treat them like family. that's why a lot of organizations you see in Eastern Kentucky band together like they do. They come together. They want to help their neighbor. They want to help people they don't know," said Heath Wiley of Gearheart Communications.

The two organizations thought a warm meal would mean a lot to the people at the shelter.

"When you're cleaning up and dealing with all of this, you have so much on your mind sometimes, so a warm meal can mean so much," Josh Ball said.

"You want them to feel nourished and it makes them feel good when they can get a hot meal and that's what we want to do," Wiley said.

The Red Cross Volunteers who work the shelter are also appreciative of every donation.

"To have a really extravagant thing like this every evening, and we have had this every evening, this is very special. all of the places have donated very special food and its really helped us to know we don't have to do the dinner hour. We even had people come in and serve tonight, so we got served tonight," said Betty Ritter, a Red Cross volunteer.

Officials are confident that the donations will continue for as long as it takes for these families to rebuild.

"This will be a long term effect and I have no doubt that organizations like ours and others across the area are in this for the long haul. The beauty about Eastern Kentucky is the resilience of the people. people will rebuild and get back to normal. It will make us a stronger community," said Ball.

In times like this, every little bit counts and no kind deed goes unnoticed.


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